The spookiest day of the year is here, and in one corner of Tile Hill, a family has gone all out to entertain their neighbours in a hallowe'en marquee. Creating the ghoulish grotto is a family tradition for Malc Forshew and his siblings, who all dress up and decorate their 'tent of terror' to tempt Tile Hill's trick-or-treaters. The marquee, on Maureen Close, is filled with hair-raising homages to horror film icons, with a spooky atmosphere created with dry ice and flashing lights. Malc Forshew's Halloween house View gallery Malc said: "We have smoke machines in there, strobe lights, flashing lasers and we have light-up ghosts put onto the house. "My sister used to do it over in Leamington, she has now moved house so we moved it to Coventry at my brother's house - when we did it a couple of years ago we had around 200 kids turn up, but sadly last year we lost my Dad so we couldn't do it. "Now we are busy setting it up for this Hallowe'en." Read More What's on Keep in touch … [Read more...] about Look: Is this the scariest Halloween house in Coventry?
Coventry is about to get its own flag. While the city has had much to celebrate recently - winning the City of Culture title for 2021, being named European City of Sport for 2019 and the opening of some big names at the Cathedral Lanes refurbishment - it lags behind in terms of having a flag to proudly fly. Locally, Birmingham, Leicester and the Black Country all have their own banners. And another nine cities and regions up and down the country have also been honoured with their own special cloth symbols. Now it is time for Coventry to join them. Scores of entries from residents in the city and surrounding areas have now been whittled down to just six - and you get to pick the winner. The final designs all showcase a different aspect of the city, with some reflecting the city's rich medieval past and others paying tribute to the landmarks that make it so special. A flag for Coventry finalists View gallery What's with the elephants? Two out of the six flags feature an … [Read more...] about Coventry is getting its own flag
Coventry has seen a surge in stalking and harassment cases new figures show. There were more than three cases reported every day in the city over the last year. And despite police taking a tougher stance, and sentences being hardened, reported offences have risen by 72 per cent since 2015-16. Office for National Statistics data shows that in Coventry, 1,150 cases of stalking, harassment or malicious communications were reported between July 2017 and June 2018. Of the three crimes included in the figures, stalking is the most serious and can include following someone repeatedly, going uninvited to their home and monitoring their use of phones and computers. Anti-domestic abuse charity Women's Aid said that too often abuse which doesn't leave bruises "is not taken seriously enough". 'Abusers stop at nothing' Katie Ghose, the charity's chief executive, said: "Abusers will often stop at nothing to make sure that their victim does not escape their control. "From our work with survivors, we … [Read more...] about Reports of stalking and harassment surging in Coventry
One for the future Talented teenager Jonny Ngandu has signed his first professional contract with Coventry City. The 17-year-old has risen through the Sky Blues ranks and agreed a two and a half year contract which will run out in June 2021. Ngandu joined City at the age of seven and was involved in Mark Robins' Checkatrade Trophy squads against Arsenal and Forest Green earlier this season despite being just 16. He has featured regularly for Jason Farndon's under-23s this season and the Sky Blues are delighted to have tied him down. Farndon said: “We are delighted that Jonny has signed with the club and we have been able to keep hold of an exciting talent. “He is a local lad that has been with us since he was seven and he has consistently played above his age group throughout his time in the academy. “Jonny has been based with us full time at the Lodge and we look forward to continuing to work with him and helping his development.” Read More What's happening at … [Read more...] about Coventry City digest: Youngster signs on; Hyam’s chances; Robins’ message
Coventry ska legends The Specials appear to have boycotted their home city on their new tour. Horace Panter, the band's bassist, caused a meltdown from local fans when he posted the 2019 tour schedule on Twitter. The band are playing 24 dates up and down the country in April and May next year. But their hometown is not on the list. Fans were quick to point out the oversight, with many asking why no Coventry date Horace? But it appears there may be some glimmer of hope on the horizon. Horace later tweeted the following... "Getting fed up of responding to this complaints so this is last comment on it...working on it!!" Let's hope that means there will be an announcement of a Coventry date soon! A special relationship Formed in the 1970s, The Specials are probably the most iconic band synonymous with the city - and one of the most celebrated UK bands of all time. Born out of a time of mass unemployment and social unrest, the Coventry collective created clever, witty and socially charged … [Read more...] about Have The Specials missed out Coventry on new tour?